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Update to requirements for verbal and faxed CPP prescriptions

Apr 4, 2023

The College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC) has amended the requirements for verbal and faxed Controlled Prescription Program (CPP) prescriptions. Effective April 17, 2023, when a verbal or faxed CPP prescription is issued to a pharmacy, a faxed copy of the CPP form is now acceptable. A hard copy of the original CPP prescription form no longer needs to be sent to the pharmacy. ​

In both cases, the faxed, duplicate copy of the CPP prescription received by the pharmacy must be written on a CPP duplicate prescription form.


Previously, CPP prescriptions had to be issued using a hard copy of the original prescription form. However, in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPBC approved changes allowing for CPP prescriptions to be provided verbally or by fax under the conditions outlined above, as long as the original hard copy prescription was sent to the pharmacy as soon as reasonably possible.

Visit the CPBC website for more information.​

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